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I'm pretty sure the main purpose of the 6x4 grid is for general purpose horizontal and vertical alignment, especially for images symmetric about the horizontal or vertical centre. While we're often told to get away from putting a major feature precisely in the centre of the frame (and the 3x3 or a golden ratio helps to guide this), there are many times ...


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Yes, with the black straws, it is going to absorb most of the light that does not go directly through the straws. The smaller in diameter the straws, the more direct the light has to be traveling to get through and the more light will be absorbed. If the straws were white, it would actually get brighter as the reflected light would be more focused, but it ...


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I was recently trying to take photos to use for screen/browser backgrounds - where the result needs to be very short and very wide. It turns out that there's not a very good way to scale pictures to that aspect (at least ones with real world objects in them that become unpleasant when overly stretched), so they need to be taken using a small part of the ...


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This is a built-in feature of Photoshop, and has been for quite some time: say File → Automate → Contact Sheet II. It does exactly this.


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Depending on the dish shape and the diffuser material, it could conceivably make a perceptible difference if the light is used in very tight. "Beauty dish" refers to a whole host of different reflector styles, from the even parabolic Elinchrom to the step-sided Mola to a basic flat-bottomed, high-sided design that looks for all the world like a minimalist ...


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You suggested you are fine with a "hack" more or less. You could create a virtual copy of the image, and throw the exposure of that virtual copy significantly darker to help with the visibility of the grid. Once you have the crop as desired, sync the crop only back to the original master image, and delete the virtual copy. It would take a few extra seconds ...


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